Nakona Lessons

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Nakona Alphabet

Nakona Lesson One

Nakona Lesson Two

Nakona Lesson Three

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Nakona Language Start


This website, text, and accompanying audio tapes were developed at Fort Peck Community College through funding provided by the “Learning Lodge Institute,” a W. K. Kellogg project that serves the seven tribally controlled community colleges in Montana.

Fort Peck Community College consulted with Mr. Ken Ryan, Tashunga Saba (His Black Horse), who developed the text and narrated the tapes.  The consultants who assisted Ken Ryan with the dictionary section of the text are Joe Miller (Chief of the Wadopana Band of Nakona) and his brother Rodney – both fluent Nakona speakers. 

The Nakona Language project was coordinated by Margarett H. Campbell (Otkea Wiya). 

This course is a beginning language study of the Nakona Language.  The student will begin by receiving instruction in an orthography (alphabet) which has been developed locally for the Nakona Language.  The student will then receive instruction in Introductory Nakona Language. 

The student will then advance on to and receive instruction in Introductory Nakona phrases and sentences. The student will realize early proficiency in the Nakona Language. 


Pictured left to right: Kosh Ga Hunga (Red Dog), Ayax Ba (He Wets It), & Mnoga (The Man).

NAS 121, 122 Nakona Language (3 credits)

These language courses are designed for students with little or no Nakona speaking ability. 

Classroom pronunciation drills, basic sentence structure, vocabulary acquisition and grammatical usage will be used to develop student proficiency in the Nakona Language. 

Some cultural and historical detail of the Nakona people will be included.


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